(Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN. Mr. Speaker, my mother is 83 and not in the best of health. When I see what is being proposed in this House, health care agendas that take away from seniors like her, I get a cold shiver down my spine. Medicare and Medicare Advantage are lifelines for many elderly Americans, especially in my area of south Florida.
How can this House justify $162 billion in cuts to Medicare Advantage? Why in this economic recession are we limiting the choices for seniors or causing many to lose their current health care coverage? For seniors in my congressional district, cuts to Medicare Advantage would be disastrous.
The Congressional Budget Office says that Medicare prescription drug premiums will increase by 20 percent because of the Democrat plan. I know, and my constituents know, that seniors simply cannot afford this.
The health care reform bill makes it tougher on seniors to get the coverage and the treatment they deserve after a lifetime of hard work and sacrifice. Of course we need health care reform, but reform should not be on the backs of our seniors.